Growing up with a Mom who is a total diva, taught me the most important lesson about style, ” It’s not about how others feel about your style, it’s about how you feel about your style”. It was so cool seeing her in outrageous, fun, and daring outfit on and off the red carpet. One trait that I truly admire about my mother is her ability to make a statement. Yes, she always makes a statement in whatever she wears but she also makes a statement in the way she carries herself. Style is not just about the clothes we wear over our backs, it’s about how we choose to carry ourselves in those clothes. If you don’t know what I’m talking about, I am talking about SWAG my friends! My Mom has a whole lot of swag and it’s because of the way she carries herself. She could enter a room wearing a trash bag and at least ten people would ask her “who is the designer?”. The first rule of style is believing in yourself. If you feel fabulous, you look fabulous.
Since my Mom is one of my favorite style icons, I find it imperative to raid her vintage closet every week. It’s so cool to find old pictures of her in the 80’s and then find the exact outfits she wore in those photos. I think she is a complete genius for saving all her outfits because just like history, fashion repeats itself. Most importantly, I’m just glad that I am able to wear them and they are in tip top condition. If you have a Mom that you know was slayinggggggg back in the day, I suggest you dive into the back of her closet and search for these 3 must have items…
- MOM JEANS
2. A GRANDPA SWEATER
3. A VINTAGE SUIT
Hair by Julius Nash
T-shirt: Gee C Vibez
Pants: Zara (on sale)
Purse: Chanel (vintage) Reinvintage carries great vintage Chanel
This past weekend, I visited our United States capital, Washington D.C., along with one of my college best friend’s, roommate, and business partner, Regina. Together, we took a nice girls trip from New York City to D.C. for a pop up shop for our vintage clothing line, Gee C Vibez. We drove on Saturday morning, even though we were recovering from our best friend’s turnt birthday celebration on Friday night. En route to D.C., the sky opened up and we realized we were driving through Maryland’s thunderstorm/flood watch. Instead of getting caught in the rain, we decided to stop at Mo’s Seafood in Baltimore. We sat at the bar and quickly ordered some waters, since we were still recovering from Friday’s festivities. The restaurant is known for their famous crab cakes, but since I am allergic to seafood, I ordered a great Cajun Chicken sandwich that was perfectly seasoned and served with steamed mixed vegetables that were superb. We exchanged stories, shared laughter, and got hit on by a pair of old conservative car sales men trying to get their groove on.
After a filling meal, our Thelma and Louise road trip continued. After a 5 hour ride, we finally arrived at my great Aunt Carolyn’s home in D.C. In her northeastern/southern accent, she greeted us at the door yelling “Are the flies out there eatin’ yall yet ?”, we honestly couldn’t help but to share some laughs with her, then jump right into the bed. Sunday morning, I roamed the streets of the colorful Georgetown with creator and photographer, Anne Kim. It was my first time in Georgetown and I enjoyed and embraced the multicolored walls. Anne and I were able to snag some quick pix in a cute and quaint peach colored alley. The weather might have been scorchingly hot, but the lighting was perfect.
I took a nice Sunday stroll along the water next to the Washington Memorial, which is a 10-12 minute car ride from Georgetown. It was a quite and soothing walk, which is what I needed. Taking a blissful walk is needed in my life, especially when things are getting crazy, busy, and hectic. No matter if your “WOO- SAH” moment only lasts for 20 minutes, at least you took some time out of your day to dedicate to yourself. Sunday afternoon, Regina and I set up our pop up shop at Sugar hosted by JC The Stylist. Every last Sunday at Sugar, JC The Stylist, hosts an event called Style Mixer Sundays that allows young fashion designers, bloggers, entrepreneurs, and creatives in the D.C. area to network and showcase their products. Our pop up shop was a success, but once again the sky opened up and we got caught in a mini storm on our way home. We waited for the rain to subside, so we stopped at another Aunt’s house (AGAIN) located in the cow country suburbs of Maryland (it was beautiful, but it was a little bit far from civilization for me, lol). My Aunt Sandra served us homemade eggplant parmesan with angel hair pasta that was so DAMN GOOD! For us young ladies that are living the post graduate life, that free meal was completely worth it. I thank God for family and good friends because as we departed for our road trip back home, I realized during my quick stay I was able to receive the best thing life can offer, LOVE.
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All pictures were taken by Anne Kim
Jacket/Coat: Zara (Fall Essential)
Shirt: London, Stables Market
Wallet Purse: Louis Vuitton
London is so close to so many European cities, like the city of Coco Chanel, PARIS! My father is a mixed French man, making me French and he blessed me with having dual citizenship. Since I was a little girl, I come to Paris often to visit my family and my father. Over the years, I have fallen in love with the architecture, fashion, scenery, and culture. I love being French, I feel it adds to my sense of style and my personality.
Thursday afternoon after my classes, I hopped on the Eurotrain and made my way home to Paris. It was a quick 2 hour train ride. Since I was on my way to Paris I had to wear my “Coco made me do it” tee-shirt, which I picked up in the Stables Market in London. I am trying my best to take advantage of discovering news cities in Europe. I happily admit that I have a personal connection with Paris, but I also need to step out my comfort zone and realize there are 645 modern cities in Europe, and traveling is an opportunity of a life time. No matter where you are in life, there is something near to that is new that you might not realize. Try and google some areas in your city, state, island, country, or wherever you live, that you have never visited before. Sometimes we all just need to escape, because an escape creates memories,smiles, and most importantly it creates inspiration.
Coco Chanel and Ivy Coco Fun Fact:
The man who gave Coco Chanel the name “Coco” was named Etienne, and Ivy Coco`s brother, Etienne, gave her the name “Coco” when she was born. Ivy Coco`s last name is Maurice, and Coco Chanel loved a man named Maurice.